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Nothing says joy like children in the snow–tasting fresh flakes, building forts and snowballs and snowmen, flopping to the ground to carve out angels. But when their fingers get too chilly, head inside for a cup of cocoa and some great stories that celebrate the season. Here are 10 (well, technically 11) of my favorites, with each one highlighting the beauty of winter in all that we can do and see; there’s even a little mystery underneath that pristine white blanket.
- Bear Snores On, written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman: a rhyming story about a hibernating bear and the festive friends who awaken him from his seasonal slumber
- “Down the Hill,” from Frog and Toad All Year, written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel; a misadventure for friends Frog and Toad, where Toad learns that bed really is the best
- Dream Snow, written and illustrated by Eric Carle; Carle’s signature collage style takes a holiday twist as a farmer gets his white Christmas
- The Mitten, written and illustrated by Jan Brett; a Ukranian folktale about love, sharing, and staying warm
- No Two Alike, written and illustrated by Keith Baker; as unique as snowflakes, and the other wintery standouts illustrated in Baker’s tale
- Over and Under the Snow, written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal; shows the two different worlds separated by that fluffy frozen stuff
- Owl Moon, written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by John Schoehnerr; a journey into the night woods and a quiet quest to see an owl
- A Perfect Day, written and illustrated by Carin Berger; the snow day of every child’s dreams, packed with playful delights and charming scenes
- Red Sled, written and illustrated by Lita Judge; hear the sounds of a red sled come to life as animals and its owner put it through its paces
- Winter Days in the Big Woods and Winter on the Farm, written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and illustrated by Renee Graef; discover the simple care, love, and joy of two 19th-century American families working their way through winter
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